Movies and Tea #16 – Pacific Rim

Time for the next podcast episode as we dive further into the Guillermo Del Toro films. Its time to discuss Pacific Rim with a special guest from Asian Cinema Film Club and Gweilo Ramblings! Head over to give it a listen and give us your thoughts on the film! 🙂

Movies and Tea

Having both critical acclaim and mainstream recognition with Pan’s Labyrinth Del Toro would suprisingly enter into a period of development hell as he struggled to find both funding and studio backing for his next project before finally returning with his love letter to monsters and Kaiju movies Pacific Rim

On this episode we are also joined in this episode by Stephen Palmer (Gweilo Ramblings / Asian Cinema Film Club) to see if there is more to the film than giant robots battling monsters aswell as the inspiration for Del Toro’s vision.

Further Viewing

Kong skull island
The Meg
Starship Troopers
Gamera Guardian of the Universe
Patlabor
Gundam Wing
Mothra vs godzilla
Destroy all Monsters
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah

Music on this episode

Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare
Ramin Djawadi – 2500 Tons of Awesome
Ramin Djawadi – Pacific Rim Main Theme

Listen to the Show

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What’s Up Week 10: There is never enough TV series…

Ten weeks have gone by this year! Its incredible to think that a lot of happened. March is a bit two-fold. On one hand, everything has balanced out as the movie watching blogathons and marathons have both simmered away, leading to a shift in finding other little things to work on. I have a pretty good idea on what to tentatively schedule in for a lot of these sections to clear out a lot of commitments that have been just sitting in the background. I’m catching up with stuff and also trying to stay current and minimize backlog. Hopefully in due time, you will start seeing a lot of these things pop up in written form (or video format. I realize I’ve been neglecting it and not going to lie that I forgot…).

READING

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Currently reading: The Two Sisters of Borneo by Ian Hamilton

The Two Sisters of Borneo is still a great ride even at three quarters into the book. There’s this really great thing but for once in a pretty long while, I finally figured out a part of the twist from the clues in the novel. Its something to be happy about mostly because this one takes some unique turns in the plot usually . Its still very fast paced so I’m looking forward to see how the last quarter goes.

PLAYING

gunhouse

  • Gunhouse

Currently playing: Eastshade

Talking about gaming, I always take little breaks from open world games here and there so its a bit slower but the husband wanted to give Gunhouse a whirl. We got it for Playstation Plus free games and its something that looked like its right up my alley. We both ended up playing it on our own accounts. I’m putting together a video for it soon for the Game Warp channel.

WATCHING

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  • Wall-E (rewatch)
  • Up (rewatch)
  • Knowing
  • Pacific Rim (rewatch – Review)

Lots of great movies rewatched this week. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the only film that I walked in on my husband watching (and have no desire to start at the beginning after finishing it). Knowing is really quite a let-down, mostly when it has the twist which is too far-fetched for my liking. Either way, the double features for all these random movies are coming up soon. They are in the works. As for Wall-E and Up, you should have already seen it go up as my blogathon finale triple feature HERE. And as for Pacific Rim, that is for the next Movies and Tea episode…well..we’re a bit ahead of the game because I’m going to be coming up to a busy time so it’ll be in 2 episodes. In the meantime, I did link an older review for when I first watched Pacific Rim. It probably isn’t too good in the writing (but I didn’t check so who knows.)

BINGING

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  • Lipstick Prince

Currently binging: My Amazing Boyfriend 2, The Big Family Cooking Showdown (Season 2), The Singer 2019, My Little One 2, Mr. Swimmer

I know it sounds kind of crazy and you’re asking the heck is Lipstick Prince. To be honest, I’ve watched only all the episodes I had access to and could find on Youtube. There are few that I haven’t found yet but I already have a very good idea of the show itself. It is pretty funny and cute to watch. Its structured a little like the idol dramas centralizing around four young male celebrities as they get distributed tasks to put make up on one female celebrity and try to charm them throughout. Its only 10 episodes but very hard to find everything as its not through the normal channels. I’ll do a little write-up on it soon.

On the other hand, what’s life if not adding on even more TV series, right? I’m starting to feel like I have some TV series attention deficiency issue. I promise you that I started Mr. Swimmer for a reason. Well, one reason…because I was looking up Mike Angelo because of My Amazing Boyfriend 2 and that is also how I landed on Lipstick Prince. I’m almost halfway through Mr. Swimmer (not quite) and while it has some very comedic bits, it is also very dramatic and nearing the halfway point, the drama is getting a bit high, the situation is getting a bit frustrating and some characters are genuinely pissing me off. So I’m taking it a bit slower as to not raise the blood pressure too much on my end.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
What have you been up to?

Pacific Rim (2013)

I’m going to try this alternating thing between Christmas marathon and 2013 movies.  Of course, 2013 movies will be the lesser one since I don’t have a whole bunch but my tablet’s Samsung Video Voucher has been extremely awesome and giving me free rentals.  The trade-off is of course watching a movie with a bunch of effects on a 10 inch screen.  Either way, it was going to expire so I gave it a watch over the weekend.

pacific rim posterDirector: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins Jr.

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and a trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.-IMDB

Let me make a few things clear.  First of all, I may have been the few that actually had doubts about Pacific Rim from the trailers however, this brings us  the second point.  I am also a HUGE Guillermo del Toro fan.  I love Pan’s Labyrinth and even when he isn’t directing and just production or writer/screenplay, whatever, the man is awesome! So thats my point of why I still had lots of hope that this would be fantastic.

PACIFIC RIM

Now that we’ve put that aside, I guess you’re wondering how I felt about the movie.  For one, my expectations from the trailers were totally off because this movie really rocked my world even when seeing it on a tiny screen.  I’d definitely be seeking out a copy of it on a larger screen some time.  There is nothing deep about a giant monsters versus giant machines story but it packs in a whole lot of fun, some interesting dialogue and some pretty awesome visuals.  It took me for a quite an amazing ride.

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A plus was definitely the characters.  The marshall was played by Idris Elba who I’ve grown quite fond of after seeing Takers.  He’s authoritative and so manly.  “Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse” Now thats a pretty impressive character.  And then we have Raleigh played by Charlie Hunnam.  Funny enough, I’m not really attached to that character but he wasn’t all bad.  I felt that his chemistry with Mako Mori was really well done though. They connected very well and for the nature of their characters, it was needed.  But nothing really beats the comic relief and the awesome mesh of Dr Newton (Charlie Day) and Gottlieb (Burn Gorman).  They were just absolute fun to watch. Another one I really liked was Herc Hansen.  That guy was so cool even though he didn’t have much screen time.

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Overall, Pacific Rim is a very fun movie with some pretty cool characters, outstanding visuals and an awesome concept. I loved it and if you’re into the whole giant monsters versus machines type of movie, this is an enjoyable one! 🙂

What did you think of Pacific Rim?